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Review:CambAngst says:
Hello, again!

This chapter really hit home in a lot of ways. For starters, I really enjoyed seeing Dobby. His characterization is definitely a little different from the books, but overall he was immediately recognizable and enjoyable to read. The way that he easily falls for Regulus's not-so-gentle ribbing made perfect sense for an elf who is still getting the hang of his freedom.

Moving along to the more interesting part of the chapter, I really, really enjoyed the way that you wrote Lily. At first, I was struggling to figure out exactly why she was avoiding James and seemed so withdrawn. It seemed out of character until it became clear that the war had ended and one particular wizard had joined the village of the dead.

I thought that your take on her feelings about Snape and the life he leads after her death were absolutely brilliant. Even if there was nothing she could have done to dissuade his devotion to her memory, it must have been so difficult for her to watch as he sacrificed essentially his entire life "at the altar of Lily". Knowing that her feelings for him were not the same, and that they never were.

Add to that the fact that she could have chosen to visit him. That she could have chosen to let him know her true feelings. That she could have perhaps freed him from his self-imposed servitude. It makes all of her feelings make perfect sense and gave them tremendous intensity, besides.

Little by little, you're starting to fill in the details of this world you're creating for us. Very interesting to get our first look at what "the races" are all about. I immediately found myself wondering how Lily spent her hard-earned days in the world of the living. I have my suspicions, of course, but of course they're nothing more than that. I look forward to finding out. It was also interesting to learn that the residents of Cliodna's Clock and Grotta are allowed that one day a year to mingle. Must make for some very awkward moments.

Still enjoying this story very much. I'll be back again soon...

Author's Response: Hello again!

I keep waiting for you to leave a review that says, "This drivel is horrid! Highly overrated tosh with the pace of a dead snail!" Admittedly I'm a bit nervous whenever I see your name crop up in reviews because you honestly seem to have a gift for writing them - they're thorough and you never miss a thing. Your reviews are often more eloquent than my chapters and it's intimidating, let me tell you.

That confession aside, I'm so glad that you're still liking this! One of the most difficult things about writing Run was making the characters recognizable and keeping most of their canon traits, while still changing them as they would have naturally changed after entering the afterlife. Realistically, they can't be the same exact people they were on earth because their environment is different, their friends are different. Everything about their lives is different. So they've had to evolve, some of them in unexpected ways, and I worried about how readers would receive these alterations. None of these characters have changed as much as Lily Potter. Throughout the story, she'll be explained through different points of view - to show how and why she became the way that she currently is.

You'll get to hear a bit later about how Lily spent her days on earth. And yes, there are a few awkward moments when the Grotta residents come to town! You'll hear more about life in the Grotta, as well.

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. :)

- Sarah


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